Video:Update : The 48 hour nursing and paramedical strike ended at 7 this morning.
The Nursing, Paramedical and secondary Medical Services unions ended at seven this morning the 48-hour strike they began day-before-yesterday over six demands.
While patients were severely inconvenienced due the strike, these difficulties were experienced more in outstation hospitals.
Colombo District Court issued a ruling day before yesterday suspending the 48-hour strike launched by the Health Services Trade Union Alliance.
Colombo District Magistrate Pradeep Hettiarachchi issued the order after considering a petition filed by a heart patient who was receiving treatment in Ward No.14 of the Colombo National Hospital.
The Magistrate Court informed the 16 striking trade unions not to put the lives of patients at risk.
However federation convener Saman Ratnapriya told our news team that the injunction order issued by court had not yet reached him.
Saman Ratnapriya said further that after the end of the strike today his federation comprising 16 trade unions would meet and take a decision today about steps to be taken in the future.
Update : Friday, 29 November 2013 - 8:19
------------------------------------------------------------------ No injunction order received - strike to continue; Support from other trade unions as well
Thursday, 28 November 2013 - 19:14
An injunction order was issued by the Colombo District Court yesterday ordering the suspension of the strike initiated by the Nursing, paramedical and auxiliary medical service personnel at 7am yesterday based on 6 demands.
Colombo District Magistrate Pradeep Hettiarachchi issued the injunction after taking into consideration a petition filed by a heart patient in the 14th ward of the Colombo General Hospital.
In addition to the injunction order, Colombo District Magistrate Pradeep Hettiarachchi also issued orders for representatives of trade unions to appear before Court on the 11th of next month and for the injunction to be conveyed to those engaging in the strike via telephone.
However, upon inquiry by our news team, the convenor of the Nursing, paramedical and auxiliary medical professional services federation Saman Ratnapriya stated that he is yet to receive the injunction order.
Despite the injunction order, Health Services Trade Union Alliance continued its 48-hour token strike today.
Patients who sought treatment especially from provincial hospitals were seriously inconvenienced due to the health workers strike.
The function of the Colombo National Hospital OPD came to a standstill while the services of its clinics were also disrupted.
However Colombo National Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that 90 percent of nursing staff reported for duty today.
He also said that alternative measures had to be taken to provide minimum services after the para-medics and other medical services were halted.
Our area correspondents reported that OPD services of the hospitals in Anuradhapura, Nochchiyagama, Kandy, Peradeniya and Karapitiya were affected due to the health workers strike today.